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HELSINKI - Workers in several technology industry companies will go on strike in Finland from Wednesday to Friday this week after no solution was found to a wage dispute, Technology industry employers said in a statement on Tuesday. "This day did not bring a solution to the labo...
By Simon Lewis RAMALLAH, West Bank - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken moves to the West Bank on Tuesday, a day after calling for a halt to escalating violence and reaffirming Washington's backing for a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the P...
MOSCOW - Russia said on Tuesday that calls by the president of Lithuania to supply Ukraine with fighter planes highlighted the "extremely aggressive position" of the Baltic states and Poland, and that "major European countries" should counterbalance their stance. Lithuanian Presi...
BANGKOK - Political activists met Thailand's biggest opposition party on Tuesday to demand that, if it wins in upcoming elections, it revoke a tough law that criminalises insults of the country's monarchy. Thailand has some of the world's strictest lese majeste laws, with punishm...
HANOI - A Vietnamese military aircraft crashed during a training session in northern Vietnam on Tuesday, killing a pilot, state media reported. The accident happened at noon in Yen Bai province, reported official Vietnam News Agency. (Reporting by...
LONDON - More companies suffered insolvency last year in England and Wales than any time since 2009, according to government figures released on Tuesday. Total insolvencies rose by 57% from their 2021 level to reach 22,109 in 2022. "The increase compared to 2021 was...
DAKAR - United Nations experts have called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner group in Mali, they said in a statement on Tuesday. (Repo...
KYIV - Ukraine's foreign ministry criticised Croatian President Zoran Milanovic on Tuesday for saying Crimea would never return to Ukrainian control, describing his comment as "unacceptable." Russia seized the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and Kyiv has said it will not...
* Q4 GDP -0.1% q/q vs forecast of -0.2% * Domestic demand contracted in Q4, net exports grew * Full year 2022 GDP rose prelim 3.9% By Gavin Jones ROME, Jan 31 - Italy's economy shrank by 0.1% in the fourth quarter of last year from the previo...
MILAN - EuroGroup Laminations, which makes electric motor and generator components, said on Tuesday it was aiming for a market capitalisation of up to 983 million euros ($1.06 billion) in an initial public offering (IPO) in Milan. The planned IPO will follow on from German web ho...
SYDNEY - Australian authorities are mounting an extensive search for a tiny radioactive capsule believed to have fallen out of a road train - a truck with multiple trailers - that travelled 1,400 km (870 miles) in Western Australia. Here's what you need to know: WHAT IS IT?...
KIKUYU, Kenya - Kenya may only have one skating rink and next to no coaches, but that has not stopped 28-year-old Benjamin Mburu from following his dream of ice hockey glory. His team, the Kenya Ice Lions, hone their skills at Nairobi's Panari Hotel. When they can'...
FRANKFURT - The euro zone eked out growth in the final three months of 2022, avoiding a recession even as sky-high energy costs, waning confidence and rising interest rates took a toll on the currency bloc's economy, data from Eurostat showed on Tuesday. Gross domestic product in...
By Andrew Hay - Actor Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will be charged on Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Western "Rust" in 2021, a New Mexico prosecutor said. The charges fo...
- European shares dropped on Tuesday, dented by healthcare stocks, with investors refraining from placing aggressive bets anticipating another round of interest rate hikes by major central banks this week. The pan-European STOXX 600 was down 0.2% at 0816 GMT, but on track to end...
LISBON - Portugal's economic growth decelerated to 0.2% in the fourth quarter from 0.4% in the previous three months, still producing the strongest full-year expansion in 35 years before a projected steep slowdown this year, official data showed on Tuesday. The National Statisti...
PARIS - French inflation rose in January on higher energy prices after the government phased out some measures that had reined in increases, according to preliminary figures released on Tuesday. Consumer prices rose 0.4% from December, pushing the 12-month inflation rate to 7.0%...
LONDON - British lenders approved far fewer mortgages than expected in December, according to Bank of England data on Tuesday. There were 35,612 mortgages approved last month, compared with 46,186 in November. A poll of economists had pointed to approvals of around 45,000 in Dec...
MOSCOW - Russian retailer O'Key Group said on Tuesday it expects its chain of discount stores will soon account for half of its overall revenues as shoppers increasingly seek cheaper goods amid economic contraction and high inflation. Inflation surged in Russia last year and real...
- A.G. Barr said on Tuesday it expects its full-year revenue and profit to beat market expectations, helped by price hikes and steady demand for its cocktail mixes and beverages. The company raised prices last year to deal with surging costs and launched new products as it benefi...
BERLIN - Germany's unemployment rate remained stable in January, Labour Office figures showed on Tuesday. The Federal Labour Office said the number of people out of work fell by 15,000 in seasonally adjusted terms. Analysts polled by had expected that figure to rise by 5,000....
STOCKHOLM - Sweden's banks are highly exposed to the commercial real estate sector which makes up the main risk to financial stability, central bank Governor Erik Thedeen told parliament's Finance Committee during regular testimony. "Vulnerabilities primarily include banks' and b...
FRANKFURT - Euro zone banks have tightened access to credit for companies by the most since the 2011 debt crisis and expect to continue doing so as they turn more pessimistic on the economy amid rising funding costs, a European Central Bank survey showed on Tuesday. But demand fo...
FRANKFURT - StoreDot, an Israeli start-up developing fast-charging batteries, said on Tuesday it has partnered with UK start-up Circulor, which uses blockchain technology to map supply chains for companies pursuing greener, more sustainable production. StoreDot has begun using Ci...
TASHKENT - A court in Uzbekistan sentenced 22 people to various prison terms on Tuesday over the deadly unrest in the autonomous Karakalpakstan republic last July, the country’s Supreme Court said. Twenty-one people were killed in the unrest triggered by plans to curtail the prov...
By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD - Cash-strapped Pakistan on Tuesday began the much-waited talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to unlock stalled funding, the country's finance ministry said. More than $1 billion funding has been delayed since November last ye...
LONDON - Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket group, said on Tuesday it will reduce the number of lead and team manager roles in its large stores, impacting around 1,750 workers. It said localised changes across the UK business will impact a further 350 jobs....
PARIS - A nationwide strike in France against pension reform led to a drop in electricity output and stopped deliveries from TotalEnergies sites on Tuesday. French power supply has been reduced by about 4.5% or 3 gigawatts (GW) as production was lowered at nuclear reactors and th...
By Sachin Ravikumar LONDON - Airlines operating at British airports will have to use 80% of their take-off and landing slots in order to keep them, the government said on Tuesday, as it brings the industry back in line with pre-pandemic rules. The so-called "use it...
- A Russian court on Tuesday fined streaming service Twitch 4 million roubles ($57,000) for failing to remove what it said were "fakes" about Russia's military campaign in Ukraine, the Interfax news agency reported. Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, did not immediately respond to...
- A major new Russian assault on the Ukrainian-held bastion of Vuhledar could make local gains but is unlikely to lead to an operational breakthrough, Britain's Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday. In an intelligence update, the British ministry said Russia had been assaulting th...